Domestic browns are the trophy fish of most anglers’ dreams. These trout have classic fall colorations, with brown sides, golden bellies, and abundant spots all over. The males grow menacing kyped jaws, which help them fight off rival males. Domestic browns mature at two or three years old. They are generally more shore-oriented than seeforellens, and they start congregating in rivers during September and October. For 2017, budget cuts have forced the WDNR to slash the stocking of brown trout by more than 50 percent. In the process, they have eliminated the stocking of domestic brown trout in Lake Michigan and closed the 75-year-old Thunder River facility, which was responsible for rearing these fish. Accordingly, don’t delay your visit to the Wisconsin tributary rivers, as the opportunity to catch trophy domestic brown trout there will diminish with each passing year as the remaining stock dies off.